Stefan Hörtensteiner

Our good friend Stefan, Professor in the Plant Biology Department of the University of Zürich, died far too soon last December. Among the many tributes to his work and friendship, a group of his colleagues wrote this paper in appreciation of his many decisive contributions to our understanding of chlorophyll metabolism. Sylvain Aubry, Bastien Christ,…

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Confessions

What have I been up to during 10 months in the covid oubliette? Answer: among other things, writing this book. Why, it’s another grossly self-indulgent vanity publication! What’s it about? The blurb says “How a biologist became a jazz musician — or maybe a musician became a scientist — and what happened when these two…

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I got shortlisted (which is very nice)

I entered the 2020 King Lear  competition and, most unexpectedly, I made it to the short list in the Chairman’s Prize category – 22 out of 3000 entries of which three were for music. Here’s the link. https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk/chairmans?fbclid=IwAR3tt98PgZ7pAF7kDehVq-gJbMMYybu9naI2Cm7Zco0euluuF5w-lYS_UOY

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Action at a distance

Veronique Bouchet and I have collaborated remotely on this song. Here’s the story behind it. In August last year I took part in the Singing & Songwriting Retreat run by Paola Vera and Pete Churchill in the Gironde, south-west France. I was looking through mementos of that inspirational event. One of the exercises was a brainstorm session in which we listed…

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Plant blindness

Helen Ougham, Dawn Sanders and I contributed a paper today (21 May) at ‘The fierce urgency of now: Navigating paradoxes in sustainability education’. (SHE Conference 2020) hosted online by Canterbury Christ Church University. It’s on the subject of Plant Blindness. The presentation is available online (don’t know for how long). If you’re interested, here’s the…

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